The Nature Park has a number of laid-out, well-marked educational walking trails. Please do dress properly for these trails – sports wear and comfortable
shoes, and in rainy weather, boots are the best footwear. There
is no drinking water along the trails, so take enough liquid with
The other trails that can be taken for walking but are not laid out or marked on the map are the dykes along the Sava River, and the defensive embankments along the Lonjsko Polje floodwater retention zone. If you choose one of the embankments for your walking trail, you must study the basic code of conduct in the Lonjsko Polje Nature Park.
The Posavac Trail
The Posavac Trail provides you a comfortable stroll lasting two or two hours and a half. On the way, you can discover how the people, while making use of their ploughland, meadows and pastures, nevertheless left the door open to the wild. The trail tells of the characteristics of this floodplain area and the traditional livestock farming on the pastureland where there is also a lookout tower for bird watching and for observing the domestic animals grazing freely. The story ends by showing the way in which traditional farm products today make a unique gastro range available in Posavina tourist farms. We would suggest you start this circular educational walking trail at the Information Centre in Čigoč no. 25, where you will get all the advice you need about which direction to start off in.
The trail goes in a circle; it is 4200 metres long and has five information/educational signboards.
This trail starts off from Krapje and heads towards the Orlinci pastures, grazed freely by the foundation stock of the today critically endangered Slavonian-Podolian cow. But be careful. Do not approach the herd within the fencing. The trail continues on to the biggest nesting site of spoonbills in Croatia, the Krapje Đol Ornithological Reserve. Once, the Military Frontier led along this area, that is, the border between the Austro-Hungarian and the Ottoman Empires. This is why today, along the trail, two replicas of the ancient wooden guardhouses on stilts, or chardaks, have been placed, reminders of the unsettled life of the Military Frontier and its borderers. You need two and a half or three hours of easy walking to complete this trail.
This forest trail is a joint project of Lonjsko Polje Nature Park Public Institution and Lipovljani Forest Administration. It was developed in the borders of the Park by the village of Piljenice (not far from the Vaclavek Mill and the Lipovljani Fishpond) and given the name Tena’s Trail, symbolically recalling the forester and Croatian writer Josip Kozarac. The first manager of the Lipovljani Forest Administration, Kozarac spent a full ten years here (1885-1895). In the forests he wrote his best works (such as Dead Capital, Slavonian Forest, Twixt Light and Dark, Tena and Mira Kodoličeva). Tena’s Trail is a gentle circular walking trail, 2500 m long. Along it there are 16 educational sign boards (in Croatian and English) telling of themes related to the typical lowland common oak and European hornbeam forest. The path is located on a ridge, a micro-elevation, and is accordingly outside of the area affected by flooding. The forest is a treasure house of biological diversity, and nobody can be unmoved when walking through it. The path can be used only with a guide from the Nature Park, and so advance notice has to be given to the Park’s Info Centre (tel. 044 672-080).
How to prepare for a stay in the Park
Lonjsko Polje is a marshy and watery area, but it can nevertheless be extremely hot. There are not many shops, restaurants and the like in the Park, so please take this into consideration, and bring enough food and drink with you.
To make your stay in the Park as pleasant as possible, we recommend you bring the following:
• hiking shoes (and if possible a spare pair of shoes)
• long-sleeved shirt and long trousers (because of mosquitoes)
• anti-mosquito preparation
• cap, hat or sun-shield (walking in the open)